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The Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of Crystal River, Chassahowitzka, Egmont Key, Passage Key and the Pinellas National Wildlife Refuges.


The Friends of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors hereby give notice to our membership and supporters that the City of Crystal River City Council has scheduled the vote on the future management of Three Sisters Springs.  The City Council will vote during the regulary scheduled Council Meeting on April 23, 2018, at City Hall, 123 NW Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL at 7:00 pm.

The City Council will vote on whether to continue the Management Agreement with the USFWS or to terminate the Management Agreement and place the Three Sisters property under the management of the City of Crystal River.

Your presence and your voice are very important in this decision.  If you wish to support the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, we ask that you contact the Crystal River City Council.  Their contact information can be found on their website www.crystalriverfl.org and choosing City Council on the menu bar.  We also invite you to attend this Council Meeting on April 23, 2018, at City Hall, 123 NW Hwy. 19, Crystal River, FL at 7 pm and state your opinion during the public opinion time frame.

You may review the USFWS Management Plan on their website https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Crystal_River/

Friends Nature Store Reopening  We are looking forward to our Nature Store reopening soon.  Watch this site for Grand Opening updates. 

Manatees In Three Sisters Springs

Welcome to the Friends of Crystal River
National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Inc.

The Friends is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, organized in 1998 to support the mission of the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge located in Crystal River Florida. Donations are tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor for further guidance. The Crystal River Refuge is part of a Refuge Complex that extends from St. Marks Wildlife Refuge 25 miles south of Tallahassee to Passage Key off the coast of St. Petersburg, FL. We are an all-volunteer organization. Contact us (see Contact Page) to see what you can do to help.

Manatee Mother and Calf

Crystal River, Florida is the wintering home to the endangered West Indian Manatee. When the temperature in the gulf drops below 70 degrees, manatees travel to the warmer waters of the sanctuaries of Kings Bay and Three Sisters Springs. All of Kings Bay has been designated a year-round permanent manatee refuge by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. For more information on manatees click on this link to www.fws.gov/crystalriver and search for manatees. 

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Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Virtual Tour

Take a Virtual Tour of Three Sisters Springs.
Travel through the Underwater World and
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Mission of the Friends of Crystal River 501( c ) 3 non-profit organization

  • Conserve, protect and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  
  • Support the stewardship of the National Wildlife Refuge system.  
  • Promote better awareness, appreciation conservation and responsible utilization of the Refuge Complex.  
  • Promote the preservation of the natural and historical resources of the Refuges, foster their use and enjoyment by the public, consistent with the protection and preservation of the environment.
  • Engage in such education, scientific and civic activities to assist the Refuges.
  • The Friends is a Charitable Trust registered with the State of Florida. Information can be obtained by contacting Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gift Giver’s Guide.